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Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

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Service Schedule | Sukkot Recipes | Shmini AtzeretSimchat TorahAliyot for All

Each year we enter the physical space of the Sukkah with joy and excitement for the holiday. The Sukkah acts as an extension of our home and our sanctuary, as a place that we dwell, where we eat, where we pray. We build this fragile, impermanent structure and then enter into it, filling it with warmth, holiness and joy. This year, we will obviously celebrate this part of the holiday differently. If you have a Sukkah outside your home, enjoy your time in it. If not, perhaps you will feel comfortable signing up for one of our multiple Sukkot here at OT. But no matter where you will actually eat this year, be sure to fulfill the mitzvah of making this a time of joy through connecting with others in the community, in person and/or virtually, to deepen our relationships with one another.

Chag Sameach,

Rabbi Kalender

Service Times

All livestream services can be found at Please sign up for in-person services and Aliyot for All by Friday at 12:00pm.

Erev Shmini Atzeret, Friday, October 9
6:22pm Candle Lighting

Shmini Atzeret, Saturday, October 10
10:00am-12:00pm Shmini Atzeret Service In-Person and Livestream (including Yizkor)
7:21pm Candle Lighting

Simchat Torah, Sunday, October 11
9:00-11:00am Simchat Torah Service In-Person and Livestream (Please note 9:00am start time)
11:15am Aliyot for All In-Person

Sukkot Recipes

Expand your Sukkot menu by trying a new recipe this year! Click below to download our Call of the Shofar Sukkot recipes, the tried and true favorites of your OT friends. Try a new chili or soup to warm you, a seasonal salad, or a new entrĂ©e under the stars.

Sukkot: Delicious Dishes to Eat Outdoors

Special thanks to our volunteer coordinator, Shelly Palley.

Shmini Atzeret

Celebrate Shmini Atzeret with us this Saturday, October 10. Join us via livestream or click here to sign up to attend in-person.

Shmini Atzeret is both a holiday unto itself and the eighth day of Sukkot. As a nod to both aspects, it is customary to eat meals in the sukkah on Shmini Atzeret (Friday night and Saturday), but not to recite the blessing for dwelling in the sukkah.

The Shmini Atzeret service will include Hallel, Yizkor, and Geshem.

Hallel is a collection of Psalms recited on holidays and on Rosh Chodesh before the Torah service. It expresses our gratitude and joy for divine providence. The melody is truly joyful and we look forward to singing it on Saturday and Sunday as we end the fall holiday season.

We have the opportunity once more to recite Yizkor in remembrance those who are no longer with us. Remember to light a yahrtzeit candle before the holiday begins on Friday evening. Yizkor is on Saturday morning following the Torah service.

Shmini Atzeret marks the beginning of the rainy season, which we note by adding mashiv ha-ruach u'morid ha-gashem (You cause the wind to blow and the rain to fall) to Musaf. On this day, we also sing Geshem, the prayer for rain, following the Yizkor service. This moving and beautiful prayer recalls the many ways that water is central to our lives and to our history.

Simchat Torah

Celebrate Simchat Torah with us this Sunday, October 11. Join us via livestream or click here to sign up to attend in-person.

On Simchat Torah ("Rejoicing with the Torah"), we celebrate reaching the end of the Torah and starting anew right away. Our celebration this year is two-fold: a service and aliyot for all.

Simchat Torah Service, Sunday, October 11, 9:00-11:00am

Simchat Torah marks the end of our annual reading of the Torah with the final parasha of Devarim, and then we begin again immediately with Bereishit. It is a joyous holiday that celebrates our love of Torah. The service includes a recitation of Hallel, expressing our gratitude and joy for divine providence, as well as special honors for members of our community who represent our past and our future. Click here to sign up to attend at 9:00am (an hour earlier than our usual services).

Aliyot for All, Sunday, October 11, 11:15am

Come get up close and personal with the Torah outside at OT. Simchat Torah is the only day of the year when every member of the community, including our youngest members, is eligible to receive an aliyah to the Torah. Each congregant - whether alone or as a family - can receive an aliyah. Be sure to take advantage of this wonderful honor. Click here to sign up for an outside, physically-distanced aliyah.

Simchat Torah is the only time of year that everyone, even those who are not yet Bar or Bat Mitzvah, is eligible for an aliyah. At Olam Tikvah, we celebrate with Aliyot for All. We encourage you to take advantage of this honor by signing up yourself or your family to have an aliyah at one of our Torah reading stations.

When: Sunday, October 11, beginning at 11:15. Click here to sign up.

Where: The Olam Tikvah Courtyard, rain or shine! If it rains, the Torahs will be moved just inside the doors:

  1. Classroom 1 (accessible by the double doors off the courtyard)
  2. Main Lobby (accessible by the Main Lobby doors)
  3. Mosaic Lobby (accessible by the upper doors near the playground)

One family will be inside at each station at a time.

How does it work? Physical distancing doesn't mean that we can't be close to the Torah. Register here for one of two 20-minute timeslots, 11:15-11:35am or 11:35-11:55am. Arrive at any point within your timeslot and check in at the tented check-in table in the courtyard. You and your family will be sent to an open Torah to have your aliyah. Your moment with the Torah will be yours and your family's privately. A gabbai will call you to the Torah for your aliyah, and a Torah reader will read your Torah portion. Everyone must wear a mask and maintain physical distancing.

Tue, October 20 2020 2 Cheshvan 5781